People line up ahead of Remote Area Medical clinic in Gray


CROWDS ARE WAITING IN LINE… FOR A CHANCE TO GET FREE HEALTH CARE. I’M SARA DIAMOND. AND I’M JOSH SMITH. TICKETS FOR THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL CLINIC WILL BE HANDED OUT AT THREE O’CLOCK FRIDAY MORNING. THE “RAM” CLINICS ARE HELD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY PROVIDING FREE MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION CARE PROVIDED BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME. TYPICALLY – THERE TWO CLINICS A YEAR HERE IN THIS PART OF APPALACHIA. TOMORROW’S RAM CLINIC IS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN GRAY JORDAN MOORE IS THERE… ALONG WITH A BIG CROWD PLANNING TO SPEND THE NIGHT. JOSH SARA GOOD EVENING TAKE A LOOK BEHIND ME ROWS OF CARS—SOME OF THE FIRST IN LINE TO RECEIVE THIS CRUCIAL CARE—- NOW YOU ASKED HOW LONG HAVE PEOPLE BEEN HERE… SO FAR THE EARLIEST I’VE FOUND IS 3:30 TODAY AND THEY WE’RE ALREADY 11TH IN LINE. THE SIGNS ARE HUNG, MAKESHIFT WAITING ROOMS SET UP… STATIONS LABELED AND EXAM ROOMS READY TO GO IT’S ALL FOR THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL CLINIC AT THE APPALACHIAN FAIRGROUNDS IN GRAY… A CLINIC THAT PROVIDES PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION CARE…FREE OF CHARGE… BUT THIS ISN’T A CLINIC WHERE PEOPLE WALK IN AND WALK OUT “I JUST WANTED TO BE SURE TO GET A SPOT.” JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LINE OF CARS— “WE GOT HERE AT FOUR O CLOCK RIGHT AT 4 O CLOCK, AND WE’RE JUST TICKLED TO DEATH TO BE HERE THIS EARLY” THIS IS A CLINIC WHERE PEOPLE CAMP OUT OVERNIGHT…ALL IN HOPES OF BEING SEEN BY A DOCTOR… “MY HUSBAND GOT LAID OFF SO IT’S BEEN DIFFICULT, YA…JUST LAST WEEK GOT LAID OFF, SO WHEN THIS CAME UP, I SAID WE GOTTA DO IT.” “I WORK IN RETAIL, I DON’T GET INSURANCE SO THOUGHT YOU KNOW HEY, I HAVEN’T HAD GLASSES IN YOU KNOW THREE YEARS.” “I DON’T HAVE VISION COVERAGE I DON’T HAVE DENTAL COVERAGE.” BUT IN THE END ORGANIZERS LIKE BROOKS BLAIR SAY IT DOESN’T MATTER WHY THESE PEOPLE COME FOR CARE—- WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT—IS HELPING AS MANY PEOPLE AS THEY CAN “LAST YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO SERVE OVER 800 PATIENTS, THIS YEAR, WE EXPECT TO SERVE MORE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MORE DENTAL CHAIRS HERE SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE TURNOUT.” A SENTIMENT ECHOED BY THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL, STAN BROCK… BROCK PASSED AWAY NOT LONG AGO—- BUT A PEEK INSIDE THE CLINIC’S DOORS—SHOW HIS PHOTO FRONT AND CENTER WITH THE PHRASE “NEVER FORGET THE MISSION” A MISSION NOT LOST ON THOSE WAITING IN LINE “GOD REST HIS SOUL….HE PROVIDED FOR SO MANY, AND DID SO MUCH, HE WAY TRULY MY HERO, ALWAYS” ANOTHER NOTE TONIGHT TAKE A LOOK MEMBERS OF THE TENNESSEE STATE GUARD ARE HERE…AND WILL BE THROUGH THE DURATION OF THIS CLINIC TO HELP THINGS FLOW SMOOTHLY… THEY ARE STATIONED AT GATES IN AND AROUND THE FAIRGROUNDS. REPORTING LIVE IN GRAY, JORDAN MOORE NEWSCHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER. TICKETS WILL OFFICIALLY BE DISTRIBUTED HERE IN A FEW HOURS AT 3A-M AND MEDICAL SERVICES BEGIN AT 6 IN THE MORNING. AGAIN – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THEY WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR PROOF THAT YOU DO OR DON’T HAVE INSURANCE.

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